How to Take Control of your Life

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Access to an education is the American way! A university education is expensive, but thanks to the internet, individual courses are free! Improving your skills should be a goal of everyone! Personal development includes activities that improve awareness and identity, develop talents and potential, build human capital and facilitate employability, enhance quality of life and contribute to the realization of dreams and aspirations. What are you doing for yourself?

As a teacher, I have professional development every week. We spend an hour and a half on various topics to improve our instruction. It is a form of continuing education which is supposed to help teachers share teaching strategies. Learning best practices to improve teaching as a profession. Best practices are not limited to any one school. Access to information is key to improve your teaching skills. Access to information changed everything!

Professional development refers to the acquisition of skills and knowledge for personal development and career advancement. Free online university classes make education available to everyone. You can learn new concepts, skills or test your knowledge. Courses range from Humanities, Social Sciences, computer Science, Mathematics, Business or medicine. These classes could improve your resume, college application expand your knowledge, advance your career or just satisfy a desire for knowledge.

High school students can improve their college applications by taking college classes in their particular area of interest and demonstrate their knowledge by earning a certificate of accomplishment. It is also an opportunity to demonstrate interests in other areas. Engineering or computer science students could demonstrate knowledge in language or humanities. It is also an opportunity to takes classes for no other reason than to expand their knowledge and skills.

There are hundreds of classes in a wide category of subjects from some of the best universities in the world. This concept is expanding because of the ease of access and availability to fit in your busy schedule. You get to see and participate in the same classes that are taught at these great universities, but remotely. Some classes require more work than others and some have prerequisites too. Many of the classes will provide certificates of completion or accomplishment.

Although these are university classes, you will not receive credit toward a degree. It is a great way to get a head start on a college education without a monetary commitment. You just need to commit your time and effort and you can learn skills and knowledge or demonstrate your skills in a particular subject. It is a great way to show employers that you are making a serious effort to acquire the necessary skills for advancement of your career or expanding your skills and knowledge.

There are classes in Business, Management, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Marketing and Accounting to just mention some of the categories. Some of the online websites offering these free online classes are Coursera, Stanford/iTunes, Academic Earth to name just a few. The internet is an important learning tool and the top universities are helping you use it more effectively in these free online classes. The internet has made us more mobile and more educational opportunities are now more convenient.

Online university is the next logical step if you want to take your learning even further. A plethora of excellent degrees are available through these net-based schools, like an MS in Special Education, an MS in Communication, or a Graduate Certificate in Strategic Communication Management, to name a few. All it takes is a few moments of your time and the desire to embark on the next step of your professional life. Most schools have excellent financial aid options as well as professionals who are available to answer any questions via phone or email.

Final Thoughts

The internet has changed the way information is delivered! Universities are now providing classes online for free and you can access it conveniently. It is one of the best ways to improve your skills and knowledge, but it is up to you.  What stops you from personal or professional development? These classes just made classes more convenient, free and many even provide a certificate of accomplishment! Access to education is now available to everyone!

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